Obama’s New War

“I have authorized a small number of combat-equipped U.S. forces to deploy to central Africa to provide assistance to regional forces that are working toward the removal of Joseph Kony from the battlefield,”

With these words, President Obama has launched America’s fourth war and the second in Africa.  Joseph Kony leads the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), a sectarian religious and military group that is based on local religious beliefs, including mysticism, Acholi nationalism, and Christianity.  Kony also professes that he is the spokesman for the Holy Spirit.  The LRA is responsible for murders, rapes, mutilations and forcible induction into its army. They operate in the east and central African nations of Uganda, South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Central African Republic.

The Obama administration has ordered one hundred Special Forces combat troops to Uganda with authority to operate in South Sudan, the Central African Republic and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (formerly Zaire).  Although President Obama said that the U.S. troops will not be directly engaging in combat operations, they will accompany African national troops and have the authority to “defend themselves with any means necessary” should they come under attack.

On Sunday, October 2nd, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta told CBS anchor Scott Pelley that the troops were necessary because “There are elements there that either have ties to al Qaeda or that represent the forces of terrorism on their own.” , referencing the southern Somalian terrorist group Al-Shabaab.  While The American-Conservative wrote about Al-Shabaab’s activities in the article The Muslim’s Love for His Fellow Man, on September 22, 2011, it is not connected to the Lord’s Resistance Army. 

It is apparent that the administration is using the LRA’s activities in central Africa as a pretext to establish a military foothold for operations against Al Qaeda without getting Congressional approval.  Congress authorized the administration to take action against the LRA on May 24, 2010 when President Obama signed into law Lord’s Resistance Army Disarmament and Northern Uganda Recovery Act of 2009.  Obama notified Congress on October 14th of this year of his intention to send troops to Africa, as authorized by last year’s law.

Whether you agree with the need to confront Islamic terrorists wherever they are or not, this is yet another example of this administration taking action without consent of Congress or the people.  From its announcement that it will not support the Defense of Marriage Act, to its orders to not deport illegal aliens, to the closed committee meetings and dead of night votes needed to pass Obamacare, this administration has consistently flaunted the rule of law.

Do you feel like this is yet another assault on the rule of law in America?  Add this to the list and remember it next November.


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